Thai Fried Rice Noodles with Chicken or Tofu (gluten-free)
Thai Fried Rice Noodles with Chicken or Tofu (gluten-free) makes for a great exotic family dinner that is healthy too!
- 8 ounces very thin dried rice noodles ("vermicelli rice stick")
- 1 to 1 1/2 cups fresh chicken pieces/strips, OR equivalent of cubed tofu
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 thumb-size piece galangal or ginger, sliced thinly or cut into matchstick-like pieces
- 1 cup or more fresh shiitake mushrooms, sliced
- 1 red bell pepper, sliced
- 2 to 3 cups fresh bean sprouts
- 1/2 cup chicken stock (or simulated chicken stock for vegetarians)
- handful of fresh coriander
- 2 1/2 tablespoons oil
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch dissolved in 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- STIR-FRY SAUCE:
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce (use wheat-free soy sauce for gluten-free diets)
- 1 teaspoon dark soy sauce (gluten-free diets substitute 1 tablespoon wheat-free soy sauce)
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce (vegetarians substitute 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce)
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1/4 cup chicken stock OR faux chicken/vegetable stock
- 1 to 2 teaspoons chili sauce, OR 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (to taste)
Adapted from thaifood.about.com
Marinate the chicken or tofu by pouring the cornstarch/soy sauce mixture over and stirring well. Set aside.
Soak rice noodles in a pot of hot water 5 to 12 minutes, or just until noodles are soft enough to eat, but still firm and a little bit 'crunchy' (they will finish cooking later). Drain and briefly rinse noodles with cold water to keep from sticking. Set aside.
Combine all stir-fry sauce ingredients, mixing them together in a cup. Set aside.
Heat a wok or large frying pan over medium-high heat. When hot, add 2 tablespoons oil and swirl around, then add the garlic, ginger, chicken or tofu (together with the marinade), mushrooms, and a few tablespoons of stock. Stir-fry 5 minutes, or until chicken or mushrooms are cooked. When pan becomes dry, add a little more chicken stock, 1 t 2 tablespoons at a time - enough to keep the ingredients sizzling.
Add red pepper and stir-fry another 1 to 2 minutes. Add the noodles plus stir-fry sauce. Using two utensils, lift and turn the noodles or use a tossing motion, like tossing a salad. Stir-fry in this way until the sauce is well distributed throughout the noodles (1 to 2 minutes).
Add bean sprouts, continuing to stir-fry another minute. Remove from heat and taste-test for salt/flavor, adding 1 tablespoon more fish sauce or soy sauce if not salty enough. If too salty, add another squeeze of lime juice.
To serve, lift noodles out of the wok or frying pan and mound on a serving platter. Sprinkle with fresh coriander and garnish with wedges of fresh-cut limes. For those who like it spicy, serve with Thai Chili Sauce on the side, and ENJOY!
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